» A Half-Day on Workers' Compensation Topics
ECBA Seminars
From 8:30 am until 12:15 pm

ECBA Live Seminar
presented in cooperation with its Workers' Compensation Section

This seminar has been approved by the PA CLE Board for 2.5 hours of substantive law and 1 hour of ethics credits.

  • $123 (ECBA members / non-attorney staff)
  • $185 (nonmembers)
  • $86 (member Judge not needing CLE)

Registration / Continental Breakfast begins at 8 a.m.

Reservations are due to the ECBA office no later than Wednesday, August 14.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    Miscellaneous Topics:  Illegal Immigrant Issues, Compromise & Release and Mediation
Speaker:      Adam E. Barnett, Esquire - Bernard, Stuczynski & Barnett

    Illegal Immigrants - what rights do illegal immigrants have under the PA Workers’ Compensation Act?
    Compromise & Release Agreements - tips in drafting C&Rs including avoiding pitfalls involving Medicare, drafting
    Social Security offset language and the waiver of subrogation liens

Speakers:    Peter A. Pentz, Esquire - Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.
    Richard T. Ruth, Esquire - Law Office of Richard T. Ruth

     Mediation from the Claimant and Employer/Insurer Perspectives - Should resolution of future medical bills be part
    of a claim’s resolution?  How does a claimant’s attorney evaluate the settlement value of a claim?  Creation of a
    Medicare set-aside agreement; Evaluation of a claim from a defense perspective

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Confronting Ethical Issues in Workers’ Compensation
Speakers:      The Honorable Carmen F. Lugo and The Honorable Jean S. Wright
    PA Department of Labor & Industry, Erie Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication

    Discussion of the Rules of Professional Responsibility in an attorney’s practice before a Workers’ Compensation
    Judge and the Code of Civility as it pertains to attorneys and Judges

10:30 am. - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 am. - 12:15 p.m.
    The Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System (WCAIS)
Speakers:      The Honorable David A. Cicola - Western District Judge Manager, Johnstown, PA
    Liz Crum - Director of Adjudication, Department of Labor & Industry, Worker’s Compensation Office of
    Adjudication, Harrisburg, PA

    An overview of what WCAIS is will be presented along with information about how attorneys will benefit from
    using it along with some of its high level functionality.

    Top 6 Reasons to Register for and Use WCAIS:

  • Save Money - save paper, ink and mailing costs when you file petitions and WCAB appeals online;
  • Save More Money – no postage required to upload forms and documents into WCAIS;
  • Save Time – view correspondence online instead of opening and processing mail;
  • Save More Time – view hearing schedules online;
  • Expedite the process – no more waiting for the mail to arrive or to be mailed out;
  • Improve Case Management and Efficiencies – information and filing in all of your cases is available 24/7!

Immediately following the seminar, Stevi Leech, from the Department of Labor & Industry’s Harrisburg Workers’ Compensation Office will be available to register attorneys for WCAIS.  

NOTE:  You MUST bring your Attorney ID card plus a photo ID to be registered.

Registration Cost: See Registration Form For Details
Location: Bayfront Convention Center (1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507)
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